CM on Teaching Children about God

Dear Reader,

I am not sure I can add much to this lovely quote from Charlotte Mason:

“Let children grow up aware of the constant, immediate, joy-giving Presence in the midst of them, and you may laugh at all assaults of ‘infidelity,’ which is foolishness to him who knows his God as –only far better than– he knows father or mother, wife or child.”  [Parents and Children, p. 36]

I posted recently on saving our children , and how we, well, can’t. That is up to God, of course. All we can do is to try to present Him to them. So much time and money and energy are spent on Bible curricula and memory verses and cute little Bible crafts. We forget that He is a person that we want them to know. That is all there is.

We need to bring them into His presence. To speak of Him and to Him. To read about Him. If He is real and immediate to us, they will see that and He will be real and immediate to our children as well.

This quote from Miss Mason comes in the context of a paragraph of rote prayers with archaic language and how they do a disservice to our children. They do not make God seem real, but rather someone who must be approached via formulae. But how can such a person be attractive to them?

If  my children’s grandparents live far away (which they do), but I speak of them often and we call them and write to them, they can still be real presences in their lives and over time they can develop their own relationships with them. The means may be slightly different (you can’t e-mail God), but the idea is the same. If you want your kids to have a relationship with them, then make sure you do and let them see it. (All of which she said very humbly since her kids are still all under 12 years old.)


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